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Announcing Enhanced Kubernetes as a Service with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance version 2.4.3 and Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c version 13.4 Release Update (RU)9

Jeff Savit
Product Management Senior Manager

This post is on behalf of author Simon Hayler, announcing new capabilities for the Private Cloud Appliance.

Oracle is pleased to announce enhanced Kubernetes as a service for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance using Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c Release 4 Update 9 (13.4.0.9).  Node pools and scale up/scale down are among the new capabilities.

Introduced with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c release 4 Update 6 (13.4.0.6), Kubernetes as a service has been enhanced with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c release 4 Update 9 (13.4.0.9). Customers can use private cloud-based infrastructure as a service (IaaS) to create, start, stop, and delete Kubernetes clusters. Once the private cloud administrator has enabled the Kubernetes Engine following this documentation, the private cloud user can consume quota-based Kubernetes resources in parallel to their existing private cloud self-service framework.  

Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c release 4 Update 9 (13.4.0.9) enables the following additional features for Kubernetes cluster management.

Add Node Pool

  • This feature enables the adding of a Node Pool with a defined amount of CPU and Memory per server within the new Node Pool. This operation adds and defines the Pool but does not add a host; the Scale Up Kubernetes function adds a server to the Node Pool. Using the up and down arrows for CPU and Memory defines the minimum and maximum configurations. The screenshot below depicts the minimums.

  • Remove Node Pool
    • This feature is the opposite of Add Node Pool and removes any created Node Pool. When a Node Pool is removed any servers / nodes within the Node Pool are also removed.
  • Scale Up Kubernetes Cluster
    • This feature adds a server / node to a selected Node Pool using the capacity set when the Node Pool was created. Once the job completes, the new node / server will be visible within the Cluster view.

Scale Down Kubernetes cluster

  • This feature is the opposite of Scale Up Kubernetes Cluster and removes a selected server / node from the Node Pool. Once the job completes, the selected node / server will no longer be visible within the Cluster view.

The following Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c release 4 Update 9 (13.4.0.9) patches are required to enable these new features:

  • Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c release 4 server: system patch - 32198287
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c release 4 agent (present on the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance management node): agent bundle patch - 32198303
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c release 4 agent (present on the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance management node): SI (Systems Infrastructure) bundle patch - 32198358
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c release 4 agent (present on the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance management node): VT (Virtualization) bundle patch - 32198419

Please refer to each patch read-me file for further information and prerequisites.

 

Please read the documentation from the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13.4 administration guide to learn how to discover, monitor, and manage Oracle Private Cloud Appliance with Oracle Enterprise Manager. For more information, visit:

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